The ever-increasing demand for electricity, and the need to reduce fossil fuels has driven the growth of renewable energies. IECRE, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications, offers testing and certification for the marine, solar photovoltaic and wind energy sectors.
Wave and tidal energy converters are technologies that generate electricity by harnessing the power of waves and tidal streams. In 2019, global marine energy capacity reached 531 MW according to the Renewable capacity statistics 2020, prepared by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
Safe, clean energy through certification to international standards
However, in order to foster the growth of the global marine energy industry as part of clean energy, developers, manufacturers and investors of RE marine technology, including devices and systems, must ensure that their products function safely and reliably and can withstand the environments in which they operate.
IECRE has approved the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) as its first renewable energy testing laboratory (RETL) to operate within IECRE marine energy sector and carry out power performance assessments of electricity producing tidal energy converters.
Elaine Buck is Co-convenor of the IECRE working group for the recognition of marine renewable energy certification bodies (RECBs) and RETLs, which is responsible for rules and procedures for peer assessment and assessment of RETLs and renewable energy certification bodies (RECBs). Buck also manages the technical team at EMEC.
“It is really important to ensure that offshore testing infrastructure is fit for purpose for the wave and tidal energy developers who work with EMEC as a testing partner for projects internationally. Being approved to work within IECRE instils confidence in the marine energy industry and in particular our clients, who know that we work to consensus-based IEC International Standards”, said Buck.
The project teams carry out the power performance assessments according to IEC Technical Specifications (TS) 62600-200, tidal energy resource assessment and characterization using IEC TS 62600-201, as well as employing the best practices and recommended procedures for the testing of pre-prototype devices provided in IEC TS 62600-103.
EMEC is accredited to ISO/IEC 17025, which allows the Centre to provide independently-verified performance assessments. Additionally, it is ISO/IEC 17020 accredited and as such, offers independent technology verification on marine energy converters and their sub-systems.
Since its establishment in 2003, the Centre has tested 32 diverse prototype devices from 20 different developers in 11 countries. It is the only centre in the world to provide developers of both wave and tidal energy converters with purpose-built, accredited open-sea testing facilities.
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